Sophomore Jackie Barry led the Kingwood High School girls’ golf team to a sixth-place finish at the UIL 6A State Golf Tournament early last week at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.
Barry shot a sizzling 69 on the first day of the state tournament last Monday and finished at 140 for the two-day event with a 71 on her final round Tuesday. Barry finished one stroke ahead of third-place Randi Romack (70-71 - 141) of Austin Westlake, and three strokes behind individual state champion Kaitlyn Papp of Austin Lake Travis.
As a team, led by head coach Susan Willis, the Lady Mustangs carded a 309 for the first round and tied for fifth overall before a 314 final round forced them to settle for sixth place. Austin Lake Travis won the team title with a two-day total 580. Austin Westlake (591) and Allen (599) followed in order. Montgomery placed fourth in the team standings with a final score of 621.
Also competing at the state tournament for Kingwood included team members Kaitlyn Charles (80-81 - 161), Libby Singleton (82-81 - 163), Megan Tragesser (78-88 - 166), and Marybeth Bellnap (87-81 - 168).
Kingwood began the march to the state tournament by winning the district competition, April 10-11 at Red Wolf Run, where Barry also claimed individual honors with a 27-hole score of 111. Bellnap placed second at district with a score of 115. The Lady Mustangs then qualified for state with a second-place team finish at regionals, April 24-25, at Eagle Pointe. Barry led the way once more with a 146 (71-75).
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